“The Mercury Prize-winners Young Fathers perform a response to Looking Good, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s current exhibition exploring male image, identity and appearance. Their commentary is part of a contemporary response to themes about male representation and explores issues around privilege and inequality and conventions of historic portraiture and its display.”
We covered the story here “Unbrits and Rich White Men” after the You Tube film was deluged by racist comments.
Since then the film has been taken down and is now reinstated (below).
A spokesperson for the National Galleries of Scotland stated:
“The Young Fathers online video, featuring music, dance and their commentary was made as part of a contemporary response to themes about male representation explored in the exhibition Looking Good at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The views expressed by the band relate to issues around privilege and inequality and conventions of historic portraiture and its display. The film was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in London, as part of a series of artist films accompanying a nationwide tour of the Gallery’s self-portrait of Van Dyck, and was filmed at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. It complements Young Fathers’ contribution to Looking Good, and has been shared via websites and social media. At the request of the band it was temporarily removed from YouTube and the galleries’ websites today, and has now been re-instated.”